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Computers provide convenience, but there are things your computer can do for you that you might think impossible. For its 20th anniversary, PC World magazine highlighted 20 things you probably didn't know yore computer was capable of. PC World's Associate Editor Eric Dahl tells us about a few of those 20.

Computer Capabilities

Check This! Charge Your Cell Phone -- If you would like to charge your cell phone without the bulky cell phone charger, you can use your computer. Simply buy a USB charger (should be about ten dollars) and bring it along with you when you're on the computer. It hooks into a USB port and most computers have them. It's ideal on road trips when you take along a laptop.

Check This! Quick Startup -- Ever turn your computer on and wait for what seems like an eternity for it to start back up again? You don't have to. Dahl says just shutdown your computer differently the next time you use it. It's simple. Just choose standby instead of shutdown. Standby essentially shuts down the components but keeps things running in the PC's background. It makes it possible to turn on in a moment's notice.

Check This!Adjust Your Clock -- If you count on the clock on your computer for anything, you know that it loses a few minutes every month or so. If you have Windows XP, it's easy to fix the problem by clicking on your clock and setting an option. And if you have an older pc, a simple software download can get your PC keeping perfect time all the time.

If you want to check out some of the other things that made it to PC World's top 20 list, go to for the article.

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